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Pellow. Through the looking glass of web browsers.

The first web browser was created 30 years ago! Today Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari are among the most widely used software applications. They provide citizens around the globe an access point to a stellar network of information, public services, business and knowledge.

Pellow is an interactive installation that reveals what happens under the hood of a web browser when you visit web pages. When you browse, your browser communicates with more than only one webpage at a time. It exchanges data and code with many different pages and companies around the world. Pellow’s audiovisual installation unveils this intangible software activity, at the same time as you interact with the web browser. You get a chance to observe where this content come from and how many organizations and machines around the globe are solicited to deliver the web page that you want.

Pellow is a software art installation designed and developed by the rethread.art collective.

Pellow is named after Nicola Pellow. She is an Internet pioneer who programmed the second web browser ever created, in 1991: the Line Mode Browser.

Pellow will be displayed at Tekniska Museet, in Stockholm, Sweden, starting October 26, 2020.

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